Weekend Warriors July- Money Saving Tips!

This month it's all about the money...money ...money!
Sing it with me!
As teachers money is ALWAYS tight!
Yet, we fork over $20, $30, $40 or more 
each paycheck for our kids and classrooms. 
At Back to School time those numbers are way higher!
I have often wondered if any other career spends as much money on their job as us teachers do.
Bankers, attorneys, doctors and financial analysts aren't trolling the Dollar Tree on a Sunday looking to spend money of cheap book boxes for their classrooms.
Just sayin'...
So this month us Weekend Warriors are bringing you
Money Saving Tips and Tricks!
Although we spend lots of moolah on our classrooms 
we are always looking for the best deal and steal out there!
Here are a few helpful tips!
Use fabric to cover your bulletin boards!
Not just any fabric....use super cheap flat sheets from Walmart. 
These are just $20, but I'm sure in store 
you can find them even cheaper!
I've had black fabric from Joann's up for 2 years 
and it still looks great!
Of course I don't have a picture though!

Reuse! Reuse! Reuse!
As I enter my 9th year of teaching, 
I have come to learn that reusing is my friend.
Your firsties are not going to remember 
in two years that they had a 
3 year old folder or binder in grade one. 
The plastic three prong folder from Target is the dabomb,com!
They are pronged so you can use 
them as a binder and as a folder! 
At the end of the year I wipe them 
with a Clorox wipe and we are ready to go! 
This 50 cent investment is going a long way! 
Our green folders house our awesome 
Our red folders hold our 
Fluency Flyers sight word practice.
Our yellow folders (not pictured) have our 
Math Maniacs reference pages
and I also  change out their 
Math Journal each month in the yellow folder.
This last tip is a little controversial.
But, one way I save is by not buying my kids little gifts.
I know that sounds crazy!
But the glow sticks, pencils, erasers, stickers, treats, etc. 
really add up over time. 
Before I had children of my own,
I would get my kids a little pressie for every holiday.
Now I have school age children 
and let me tell you where 9 out of 10 of those presents end up. 
You guessed it....in the trash-o-la.
Now I'm not a total Scrooge. 
I just try to be a little smarter about gift giving.
At Christmastime I always give the kids 
a nice new box of 24 crayons.
But those crayons stay in the classroom.
And like with my own kids I try to give experiences more than stuff.
You can only give out so many pencils and erasers 
as rewards before that ship sails.
But the allure of bringing a stuffed animal to school, 
sitting in the teacher's chair, 
getting extra iPad time 
or having lunch in the classroom never quite wears off.
The upside to all these "treats" is that they don't cost you a cent! 

Now it's time to hear all your awesome tips! 
Grab the images and share as many (or as few) tips as you'd like!

Visit my amazing Weekend Warrior friends to hear their great ideas!


  1. I agree with the little gifts - I used to do little gift bags each holiday.....unitl I had my own kids and got those little gift bags filled with teeny cute themed erasers.....that I threw away. Great tips!!

  2. These are such great tips and reminders! You are so right about the little gifts. It's can be hard to remember when I see those adorable gift tags nearly tied to a cutesy pencil with a ribbon in the classroom down the hall. It's certainly not what kids remember most though! Now I just need to remember that when I'm strolling past the target dollar spot :)

  3. I'm with you on the gifts! I teach Montessori now so it is really frowned upon in the Montessori classroom but I have never been big on handing out treats. And I know this mama is happy when my kiddos don't come home with extra trinkets that are going to be tossed! Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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